Ganglion - Treatment

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How are ganglia treated?

A ganglion can spontaneously rupture and go away. Other treatment options include removal of the ganglion fluid with a needle and syringe (aspiration) with or without an injection of cortisone medication. Occasionally, the entire ganglion is resected with surgery. People with a persisting or recurring ganglion should be evaluated for signs of systemic forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

For further information, please visit the Arthritis Center.

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Comment from: LindaP, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I had a ganglion cyst removed from the top of my foot a week ago. It had been painful for over a year, didn't realize what it was until a month ago. I have not had any pain since, felt great right away. The surgeon says it might return, but suggests draining it if it does since it was located close to the artery that serves the foot. I am very pleased with the result.

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Comment from: leepers, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

I discovered a ganglion cyst on my right wrist about 6 months or so. It is about the size of a blueberry. I have been taking blood pressure medicines for more than a decade; hydrochlorothiazide and atenolol. I am in transition with doctors, and my prescription has run out. I haven't taken my blood pressure medications for 3 days, and I have noticed that the cyst is almost gone! I wonder if there is a correlation with one or both of these blood pressure drugs and ganglion cysts. I am being extremely careful not to eat badly, so upon my return from vacation, I am going to consult with someone in medical profession.

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